Showing posts with label Coffee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Coffee. Show all posts

Monday, January 11, 2021

How Many People Does it Take to Make a Cup of Coffee?

I drink a lot of coffee! Thanks to the timer on my coffee maker my day usually starts by smelling freshly brewed coffee at 4:47am. Making the coffee is pretty simple task in my house; pour in some water, add some ground beans into the filter, and set the timer. But getting the roasted coffee beans to my house is not a simple process. That process is detailed in a new TED-Ed lesson titled The Life Cycle of a Cup of Coffee

The Life Cycle of a Cup of Coffee details the steps from coffee being grown and harvested through being turned into a beverage for our enjoyment. There are two aspects of the video that I particularly appreciated. One of those is a mention of the warehousing and customs processing of imported coffee beans. The other is at the end of the video when the faces of coffee farmers are featured along with a note to not value the end product more than the people who make it possible. The lesson page also contains a question designed to get students to think about the pros and cons of locally grown versus globally sourced products. 

I drink my coffee without sugar, milk, or cream so this TED-Ed lesson is reflective of the process to created the beverage that's in my cup. The process would have many more elements if I included sugar or milk in my coffee. Researching the entire process to create a cup of coffee that has milk and sugar could be a good continuation of the TED-Ed lesson, The Life Cycle of a Cup of Coffee

Friday, July 17, 2020

Three Lessons on the Chemistry of Coffee

One of the things that I've missed the most over the last few months is going to my local coffee shop (Cafe Nomad) and having some of the excellent coffee that they brew. Try as I might, the coffee I brew at home just isn't the same quality of what they make at the cafe. (I also miss the community aspect of sitting in the cafe with friends). So what is it that goes into a perfect cup of coffee? A big part of that answer is found in the science of coffee. Reactions, one of my favorite YouTube channels, has a great video that explains the chemistry of coffee. I particularly like that the video explains chemical differences between light, medium, and dark roast coffees.

What's Actually Inside an Average Cup of Coffee? is a video that was produced by Wired. The video provides a short run-down of the chemical contents of brewed coffee.

I can count on one hand the number of times I've had decaffeinated coffee, but I still find How Do You Decaffeinate Coffee? published by Brain Stuff to be interesting. In How Do You Decaffeinate Coffee? viewers again learn about the chemicals in coffee and how how to remove the caffeine from coffee.

All three of these videos are good candidates for use in an online science lessons created with EDpuzzle. Here's an overview of how to use EDpuzzle.

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Solutions to Common Classroom Stains

Stain Solutions is a handy website developed by Susan Taylor at the University of Illinois Extension. The site is a database of solutions for removing more than 200 common stains like coffee, bird poop, and white glue (commonly called Elmer's glue). Click on a stain in the chart and you will be taken to a list of the ingredients needed to make a solution that will remove your chosen stain. Directions and warnings are provided along with the solutions.

Applications for Education
I don't know of any teacher who hasn't stained work clothes themselves or had them stained as the result of a student mishap. I've stained enough neckties to create a drop-cloth. Coffee, ink, and dry-erase markers seem to be the leading causes of those stains. Solutions to remove all those stains can be found on Stain Solutions.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

How Coffee Affects Your Brain

Like millions of people, I start my day by brewing coffee. On those rare days when I discover we're out of coffee at home, it can totally throw my morning out of wack. Heck, I even pick hotel rooms based on whether or not they have in-room coffee makers. In other words, I'm addicted to coffee. What is it about coffee that gives it so much power in our lives? The following short video has that answer.

Enjoy your coffee!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Free Stuff Friday - Coffee Mugs from Learn Boost

Borrowing an idea that I've seen used on some other blogs, for the next month I'll be giving away free stuff on Friday mornings (eastern time). Some weeks will be t-shirts and other weeks it will be coffee mugs or other physical things to put in your classroom.

This week the newest advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers, Learn Boost, is giving away a pair five coffee mugs. To win the coffee mugs, pictured below, just leave a comment on this post with a quick thought about Learn Boost. At 7pm (EST) I will randomly select a winner from the comments. It's that easy to enter.

Learn Boost is a free online gradebook program that can be used by individual teachers or distributed across an entire school through Google Apps for Education. Click here and here to read some previous news about Learn Boost.

Update: LearnBoost just told me that they have five mugs to give away and there is also this opportunity to win some cash for your school.

Winners have been chosen! I used's number generator to select winners. #1 being the first comment and #54 being the last.
Congratulations to:
Mike Morrell
Sharlene Berry
Jennifer Hackathorn
Nancy Edwards
Leslie Smith 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Infographic - Coffee's Place in the Global Economy

Coffee, the breakfast beverage of choice for hundreds of millions around the globe, energizes people and businesses everyday. But how often do coffee addicts drinkers think about the economic impact of their daily coffees? The infographic below from illustrates where coffee comes from, who is consuming it, and what it means for the global economy.

After the graphic jump down to read and contribute to my idea for a research assignment I'm trying to develop for the World Studies course I'm teaching next semester.

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H/T to Cool Infographics for the link.

Applications for Education
This infographic gave me the idea to design a research project in which students pick a product that is a part of their daily lives then trace the economic value of that product for all of the people involved in its production and consumption. I'm thinking that students could investigate the economic value of things like cotton, wheat, sugar, corn syrup (found in almost every soda and energy drink), and other products they use or consume everyday without thinking about where they came from.

As part of demonstrating what they find in their research, I'm thinking that students could create Google Maps with placemarks containing information about the economic impacts of their chosen product on various regions or countries. Again, I just got this idea today so if you have suggestions for it, please leave a comment.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Free Dunkin' Donuts Coffee, Act Fast!

Okay, so this post has nothing to do with technology or instruction, but it does contain something free that I think a lot of teachers will enjoy. Dunkin' Donuts is offering free samples of their ground coffee for home brewing. All you have to do to get your sample is register here. If you're a coffee drinker and you've never had Dunkin' Donuts coffee you're in for a treat. Act fast before the freebies are gone.

Thanks to Fred Delventhal for the heads-up about the free coffee.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Buy a Coffee and Send a Kid to Summer Camp

I generally don't write about products that are for sale, but in this case I'm making an exception. Today, June 3 is Tim Hortons Camp Day. Across the US and Canada every Tim Hortons store is donating all of the profits from coffee sales to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation to send kids to summer camp. If you went to summer camp, as I did, you know what a great experience it can be. So if you're a coffee drinker, consider buying a cup at Tim Hortons today and help send a kid to summer camp. You can read more about Tim Hortons Camp Day here.